Vivo V7+ was launched in India today and will go on sale later this month. Pre-bookings will open on Thursday, September 7, while the smartphone will go on sale in India on September 15. The smartphone is selfie-oriented, so it should be no surprise that it sports a 24-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a selfie soft light. Another highlight of the handset is the 5.99-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio but with HD resolution. The Vivo V7+ price in India is Rs. 21,990.

Vivo V7+ is a dual SIM phone with the modified Funtouch OS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 Nougat. It has a 5.99-inch HD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 2.5D curved glass. The screen is almost borderless on the side. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC and has 4 GB of RAM. As for storage, this Vivo phone has 64 GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

Here’s everything else that made the news today.

Vivo V7+

B SNL’s new rate-cutter packages BSNL continues to sweeten the deal for its customers as established telcos face the heat of Reliance Jio. The telco has now started offering two new charging packs priced at Rs. 8 and Rs. 15, which is great news for people who don’t want to pay big bucks for prepaid recharges. The Rs. 8 pack is valid for 30 days and charges 15 paise per minute for BSNL to BSNL calls and 35 paise per minute from BSNL to other networks. The Rs. 15-pack offers the same rates but is valid for 90 days.

Was the iPhone 8 pre-order date announced? Apple’s September 12 event is just around the corner, and the new iPhone models will all be unveiled. The spotlight will be on the anniversary iPhone, the iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone Edition. Recent rumors indicate that the new models will be pre-ordered on September 15. Apple could ship the iPhone with an OLED screen, pushing the price of the anniversary edition iPhone to $999 (about Rs. 64,000).

Asus ZenFone 4 series launched on September 14. Asus has sent out media invites to an event on September 14 to launch “its latest smartphone series”“. In addition, Asus has confirmed on its social pages that the next ZenFone is coming next week, confirming the launch in India for the ZenFone 4 series. While there is no clarity as to which ZenFone 4 series smartphones will be launched in India, Asus has so far made official many ZenFone 4 variants – the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

Andhra Pradesh signs MoU for Hyperloop After Vijayawada proposed metro project was thrown out, the government of Andhra Pradesh teamed up with a US-based company on Wednesday to introduce the futuristic Hyperloop transportation system in the state’s capital, Amravati. If all goes well, this will be the first Hyperloop project to be run in India. The AP Economic Development Board and US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies signed the MoU here. But an official release of the MoU did not disclose the likely cost of the project.

Honor 6 Play Launched With 3020mAh Battery The affordable Honor 6 Play has now been launched in China. The new smartphone from Huawei’s Honor brand has 4G VoLTE support and a 3020mAh battery. The price is CNY 599 (about Rs. 5,900), making this a budget smartphone. The dual-sim Honor 6 Play runs EMUI 4.1, with the underlying operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The screen is 5 inches, andhas ait  quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.4 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. The Honor 6 Play comes with 16GB of built-in storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Are new Surface machines coming in October? Microsoft is hosting an event on October 31 to most likely launch new computers in the Surface line. Microsoft has revealed that its Surface product leader Panos Panay will be speaking at the event, which leads us to believe that the event will focus on Surface hardware. This May, Microsoft launched the new Surface Laptop with the Windows 10 S operating system to compete with Chromebooks, followed by the new Surface Pro. There’s no word on the much-delayed Surface Phone, but you can always hope it shows up soon.

Facebook Tests Simultaneous Instagram Stories Posts Facebook Stories are almost dead, but they won’t be for long. The company is now testing a new feature that allows people to share their stories from Instagram to Facebook. This could lead to more people posting Stories on Facebook, as the quality has been hugely successful on Instagram. Initially introduced by the company’s own Instagram platform and inspired by Snapchat’s part, the Stories feature was later adopted by Facebook’s main app. In the future, one will even be able to post Stories on all four Facebook apps — WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger — at once. Maybe that’s a way to breathe new life into the feature in apps where no one uses Stories.

Nokia plans to cut about 600 jobs in France by the end of 2019. The company wants to cut costs and refocus its loss-making activities. The job losses would affect central and support positions within Alcatel-Lucent International and Nokia Solutions Networks France, a Nokia spokeswoman said.

Siri, Alexa vulnerable to malicious commands, says report A group from China’s Zheijiang University has found a new way to access your smartphones, open malicious websites, and even access connected smart devices that use ultrasonic frequencies. For this purpose, the hack uses what is known as the Dolphin Attack, which sends frequencies above 20 KHz to a nearby smartphone to attack Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, and other voice-based virtual assistants.

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